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Published 1989

Published by
Bro/derbund Software, Inc.

Developed by
Maxis Software Inc.


Also For
Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, CDTV, Commodore
64, Electron, FM Towns, Macintosh, OS/2, Palm OS, PC-98, Sharp X68000,
SNES, Symbian, Wii, Windows, Windows 3.x, ZX Spectrum




SimCity sets you as the mayor of a new municipality, with the responsibility of building and maintaining a place where citizens can move to and work and be happy. The first task is to place essentials such as housing, transport links, schools, factories and shops. There are 50 types of these, allowing for homes of all standards and different types of businesses. Make sure to consider which sites are effective for which tasks. Some power sources pollute, others don't but are more expensive. Taxes must be raised to ensure an income, and then portions allocated to public services such as policing and roads. Earthquakes, floods and fires are all emergency situations that must be dealt to contain any damage. Successful mayoring will cause the small village to grow into a town, then a city and finally a metropolis. As the city's size grows so do it's needs. Commercial buildings may suddenly find that they need an airport to expand trade, or housing may find itself changing rapidly as vast amounts of people come and leave. The game also includes 8 pre-defined time-limited scenarios, with specific challenges and targets. The environment varies in each game (especially if you have the Terrain Editor add on), and this should affect your choices.

From Original Entry

Identifier msdos_SimCity_1989
Emulator dosbox
Emulator_ext zip
Emulator_start SimCity/SIMCITY.EXE
Mediatype software
Scanner Internet Archive Python library 0.7.5
Year 1989
Publicdate 2014-12-27 00:10:00
Addeddate 2014-12-27 00:10:00
Date 1989
Creator Maxis Software Inc.
Backup_location ia905908_28


Reviewer: astro2017 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2017
Reviewer: picnicbasket - - November 14, 2015
Subject: OS <--> Emulator Mouse Desync
My mouse is confined to the bottom-left quadrant of the emulator's screen due to synchronization issues between the OS and emulator mouse.

Feels like the emulator is grabbing the mouse's velocity directly from the OS and not performing any DPI/scale corrections to the value.
Reviewer: nekomaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2015
Subject: SimCity DOS, Great and Works Well!
Works well in Chrome on Windows 10 (x64 Bit)

Yes it is SimCity, but by default loads with Medieval Times graphics, which is why the game looks different.

To get the SimCity we all know and love, goto "System" -> "Load Graphics" and Select "Classic Graphics" to get the SimCity Classic look. You can also choose other graphic sets as well.

Also the Anti-Piracy verification when you load a new city or scenario can be by passed just by pressing ENTER, it doesnt require any input or codes.

Only issue with this is that you cannot save games to the desktop, but people like me typically play SimCity for a while and usually never return to a city after I get bored of playing it for abotu 100-200 years.
Reviewer: ms-dos-classics-fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2015
Subject: SimCity Population Codes
For those of us who are interested in getting past the anti-piracy population codes at the beginning of the game, here are the original code sheets:
Reviewer: mrbuck - - February 5, 2015
Subject: how to get the classic simcity look
To access the traditional SimCity load the game then go to SYSTEM,
Reviewer: old_dos_guy - favorite - January 21, 2015
Subject: Not the SimCity you remember
This is a modified version of SimCity with a medieval theme. Not worth playing!
Reviewer: mrhayes - - January 16, 2015
Subject: Frequently won't load
8 times out of 10, the game loads right up. But every once in a while, it just won't get past the Dos Box loading screen.
Reviewer: OGlohocla1992 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2015
Subject: Perfect!
Loved this game growing up and now I can just play in my browser :) no saving but I'll leave my pc on like usual.

Greg-Kennedy, whoever packed this game up and uploaded just left it on that Tileset by default. you just go to load graphics.. and pick Classic
Reviewer: spankytwo - favoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: Third or Fourth game I have tried
I have tried this game and a couple others but the translation is haphazard at best. The mouse in was no where near the mouse out of game. Also with games like SimCity, it would be very difficult to play any meaningful game with out the ability to actually save your work.
Reviewer: kartek - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: Works great!
To all the others having trouble, try this:
Use Firefox, after pressing the space bar to start the game, the "Fullscreen" button will be available. Go full screen and you'll see there's no mouse, press ESC and then click Fullscreen again and your mouse should be there and working properly.

AS far as graphics are concerned, go to the menu and load the "Classic" graphics and you'll see the familiar appearance.
Reviewer: Jeffmcg - - January 8, 2015
Subject: Cursor Issue
I too am having issues with the cursor not aligning.

OSX 10.10.1 / Chrome 39.0.2171.95 (64-bit)

I really want to play this game!
Reviewer: nlogue - favoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: Cursor Synchronization
I was happy to discover the DOS games being added (And Playable) through the Internet Archive and there are a few tricks to working with the emulator, however SimCity has a bug I could not manage. Though I tried repeatedly to align my cursor over the DOS cursor the two inevitably separated by a great distances making it impossible to operate this game. I will try again on another computer and perhaps that is the issue, but I would be curious to see if other users also encountered this issue.
Reviewer: greg-kennedy - favorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: Not SimCity.
The problem with the Internet Archive: if it's going to pretend to be a library, then it needs librarians. The recent dump of MS-DOS games just shows their dedication to posting whatever they can get their hands on, and let's see what sticks. Without a curator ensuring even the most basic quality control, the collections are flat out wrong.

Take this example - their hosted version of SimCity, an iconic game from 1989 with enormous cultural significance. Only it's not really SimCity... it's SimCity with a crack, and some kind of alternate tileset to put it into the 15th century - completely changing the game text, graphics, and other game elements.

It's matters because it's history. There are groups of people out there working on real preservation of software and titles: dumping and redumping items to verify correctness, checking boxes and manuals to get credits and titles right, spending exorbitant amounts on eBay for rare one-of-a-kind cartridges or disks just to save it from loss. Years of painstaking effort have been invested into this process., as the visible frontrunner of digital preservation, should build on the work of those communities to continue the work already being done. Instead, they're doing it all wrong, and in that sense are serving as little more than MegaUpload with a veneer of altruism.
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